Olivia Guerra Vela of Alice, Texas, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Laredo, Texas. She was born on October 8, 1919 in Alice, Texas to Simplicio and Marta Gonzalez Guerra.
She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who often volunteered as a room mother for her children’s elementary schools. She was also an active member of the Alice Lioness Club for many years. She and her husband, Jose B. Vela, enjoyed socializing with friends in the community.
Olivia is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 65 years, Jose B. Vela; a daughter, Cynthia V. Garcia; sons-in-law, Carlos Perez, Jr. and Javier Z. Laurel; sister, Virginia G. Araiza and brother-in-law Oscar Araiza, and brother Rodolfo Guerra and sister-in-law Elena Guerra.
She is survived by two daughters, Sylvia Laurel of Laredo, Texas, Sandra (Stan) Grimes of Buenos Aires, Argentina; one son, Sidney (Lilia) Vela of Alice, Texas; son-in-law, Mario Garcia of McAllen, Texas; seven grandchildren, David (Tiffany) Perez of Tucson, Arizona, Lydia (Polo) Chaires of Laredo, Texas, Mario Xavier (Anna Chris) Garcia of Mansfield, Texas, Joseph (Rita) Vela of San Antonio, Texas, Ashley (Chris) Tait of Katy, Texas, Jason Grimes of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan Vela of Alice, Texas; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel with Holy Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice, Texas with Father Pete Elizardo as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Alice Cemetery in Alice, Texas.
Services are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Alice, Texas.
Condolences may be offered at www.holmgreenmortuaryinc.com